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Why We Should Say Someone Is A 'Person With An Addiction,' Not An Addict

NPR Health Blog - Sun, 06/11/2017 - 5:00am

Journalists should quit calling a person who uses drugs an "addict," according to The Associated Press Stylebook. This follows a trend toward "person first" descriptions of people with diseases.

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A Dad Takes His Son To The Doctor And Discovers Fear Of Vaccines

NPR Health Blog - Sat, 06/10/2017 - 5:00am

As a science journalist, I know vaccines are safe. But when it was time to take my son to get his shots, I suddenly found myself overwhelmed by fear. Does science stand a chance against emotion?

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Got Cancer Questions? This Little-Known Hotline Is Here To Help

NPR Health Blog - Fri, 06/09/2017 - 3:14pm

For 40 years, people have been able to call a service funded by the National Cancer Institute to get information about cancer treatments. Doctors say it's still useful even in the age of Twitter.

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FDA Calls On Drugmaker To Pull A Powerful Opioid Off The Market

NPR Health Blog - Thu, 06/08/2017 - 8:56pm

The Food and Drug Administration says abuse of the painkiller Opana ER has fueled an outbreak of HIV, hepatitis C and a serious blood disorder, though it was reformulated to try to reduce abuse.

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CDC Reveals Sharper Numbers Of Zika Birth Defects From U.S. Territories

NPR Health Blog - Thu, 06/08/2017 - 4:24pm

About 5 percent of pregnant women infected with Zika in Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories last year had babies with birth defects, says the federal health agency. And the risk isn't over.

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Aid-In-Dying Requires More Than Just A Law, Californians Find

NPR Health Blog - Thu, 06/08/2017 - 3:11pm

In the year since the state enacted a law allowing doctors to prescribe lethal drugs for terminal patients who request it, over 500 people have sought that help. But some doctors are still reluctant.

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Fetuses Respond To Face-Like Patterns, Study Suggests

NPR Health Blog - Thu, 06/08/2017 - 2:37pm

Fetuses in the third trimester responded more often to patterns that resembled faces than patterns that did not. The findings don't mean fetuses can recognize their parents' faces before they're born.

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Invisibilia: Should Wild Bears Be Feared Or Befriended?

NPR Health Blog - Thu, 06/08/2017 - 4:00am

A photographer who walks deep into the woods in search of a wild bear wonders if his curiosity will overcome his fear. Can bears and humans co-exist?

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Learn To Sniff Like A Dog And Experience The World In A New Way

NPR Health Blog - Thu, 06/08/2017 - 4:00am

We humans think we don't have a very good sense of smell. But psychologist Alexandra Horowitz says dogs can show us how to train our noses so they give us a window into a secret world.

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Some Small Tumors In Breasts May Not Be So Bad After All

NPR Health Blog - Wed, 06/07/2017 - 5:01pm

Research indicates a significant number of the tumors detected through mammography are small because they are prone to slow growth. The findings suggest many are unlikely to become life-threatening.

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315,000-Year-Old Fossils From Morocco Could Be Earliest Recorded Homo Sapiens

NPR Health Blog - Wed, 06/07/2017 - 4:17pm

Scientists who found the fossils believe they are the remains of five people and far older than all previous finds. But how do the remains really fit into the bushy family tree of modern humans?

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315,000-Year-Old Fossils From Morocco Could Be Earliest Recorded Homo Sapiens

NPR Health Blog - Wed, 06/07/2017 - 4:17pm

Scientists who found the fossils believe they are the remains of five people and far older than all previous finds. But how do the remains really fit into the bushy family tree of modern humans?

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If The Individual Insurance Market Crashes, Can People Still Get Coverage?

NPR Health Blog - Wed, 06/07/2017 - 12:31pm

The Trump administration is putting pressure on the fragile market for individuals who buy their own health coverage, which will almost certainly mean higher prices and fewer choices next year.

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Hospitals Are Partnering With Lawyers To Treat Patients' Legal Needs

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 06/06/2017 - 5:54pm

Roughly 300 health care systems around the country have set up medical-legal collaborations to help patients solve legal problems that can affect their health — at little or no cost to the patients.

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Protected But Priced Out: Patients Worry About Health Law's Future In Arizona

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 06/06/2017 - 1:52pm

Corinne Bobbie has a love-hate relationship with the Affordable Care Act. As the GOP tries to repeal the law, the experiences and fears of voters like Bobbie could determine a politician's fate.

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Plumbing In Hospitals And Nursing Homes Can Spread Legionnaires' Disease

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 06/06/2017 - 1:36pm

The CDC says health care facilities such as nursing homes and hospitals need to work harder to prevent contamination with the bacterium that causes the potentially life-threatening form of pneumonia.

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Feds To Waive Penalties For Some Who Signed Up Late For Medicare

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 06/06/2017 - 5:30am

People who mistakenly stayed on marketplace health plans after they qualified for Medicare may be eligible to have Medicare penalties reduced or waived, if they apply for the waiver by Sept. 30.

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Disability Advocates Fear Impact Of Medicaid Cuts In GOP Health Plan

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 06/06/2017 - 4:44am

Evan Nodvin has lived on his own since after high school. But since he has Down syndrome, he does that with help from Medicaid. The Trump administration is threatening deep cuts to the program.

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Babies Sleep Better In Their Own Rooms After 4 Months, Study Finds

NPR Health Blog - Mon, 06/05/2017 - 3:40pm

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that infants sleep in their parents' room for at least six months. But some experts say scientific evidence does not back up the guidelines.

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Wisconsin Family Stays Together With Help From Medicaid

NPR Health Blog - Mon, 06/05/2017 - 2:09pm

While Medicaid is best known as a health care program for poor people, more than 80 percent of its budget goes to care for elderly people, disabled people and children.

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